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Firefighters arrest boat thief

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21 Jul 2018
Firefighters have apprehended an alleged thief caught in the act of stealing a boat in Docklands last night.

Crews from West Melbourne and South Melbourne were called to North Wharf just after 9pm last night following reports of a small fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters noticed a party boat suspiciously cut away from its mooring ropes and drifting.

As they approached to investigate further, they were confronted by a man brandishing a fire extinguisher.

The man assaulted firefighters, spraying a dry powder extinguisher in their faces.

Despite the attack, firefighters managed to remove the intruder from the boat and hold him until police arrived and arrested him.

The 41 year-old Hamilton man is expected to be charged with assaulting an emergency service member on duty and theft offences.

The affected firefighters were checked by paramedics on scene.

MFB Commander Rick Gili said assaulting firefighters and other emergency services workers was completely unacceptable.

“MFB firefighters do a fantastic job serving and protecting the community,” he said.

“When they attend an emergency incident they are putting themselves on the line to help others and for them to be assaulted and attacked on duty is disgraceful.”

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